We enjoyed a glorious feast of wild flowers during spring followed by a host of attractive flowers blooming in the veld during summer. Although autumn really only settles in during April or May, in between some days of soaring temperatures, days are cooling down and are already noticeably shorter – how I miss the really early sunrises! Fewer flowers are to be seen in the wild now. Many have already gone to seed and even their leaves are turning brown. The blue flowers featured below literally ‘disappeared’ only a week after the photograph was taken. I was so surprised that I actually investigated the site and found only blackened leaves remained. The life cycles are necessarily quick to take advantage of the sun and the rain when it comes. Without further ado then, I present six flowers that have cheered us through this last part of summer:





  1. So interesting, Anne! Are these plants that only bloom after the rains? I know that the old cycles are becoming much more uncertain these days, plus you’ve had the drought, I know….


    • We were rather cheated out of spring flowers over the past few drought years; this time round we received early rains that had flowers blooming prolifically. The summer flowers have been more sporadic, possibly because of the heat and lack of rain. Autumn will bring the beautiful aloes and Erythrinas … so there is a lot to look forward to ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ah, but there is a time for everything: we can look forward to the warming colours of a variety of aloes and the scarlet blooms of the Erythrina (coral) trees as autumn gets into full stride ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you, Eliza. I think we often underestimate the beauty of indigenous plants because – in our urbanised society – we generally have to seek them out.


  2. It amazes me that we live on the same planet, but while youโ€™re watching the summer flowers fade, Iโ€™m keeping an eye on the crocus poking up by our front window. โ€œItโ€™s too soon!โ€ I tell it every time I walk by, ( just last week with a snow shovel in my hand.)


    • The appearance of the crocuses must be very cheering: I see them poking through in pictures from abroad – what a lovely way of greeting the spring!


    • I have enjoyed them. We go through a drab period now, although I see some aloes are blooming early and are brightening up the countryside.


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